Tidying Up the Garden

Our neighbor had a large tree taken down and the stump ground down to a shredded mulch consistency.

In July the potager becomes weedy and overgrown.
In July the potager becomes weedy and overgrown.

Our garden has been kind messy this year.

Charlie did some diligent weeding to get the July garden ready for additional planting.
Charlie did some diligent weeding to get the July garden ready for additional planting.

Charlie pulled the weeds in both the squares and the paths and did a pretty good job.

Basil on the left and weeds on the right.
Basil on the left and weeds on the right.

What makes it really look good is to get rid of all the grassy patches on the paths.

A large pile of mulch from a newly downed tree in the yard across the street.
A large pile of mulch from a newly downed tree in the yard across the street.

In order to do this we like to have some sort of wood chips or mulch but we don’t like to pay for them.

Load after load of free mulch was wheeled to our yard.
Load after load of free mulch was wheeled to our yard.

Our neighbor said we could have as much of the mulch (and there’s lots) as we wanted which Charlie is bringing across the street a wheelbarrow-ful at a time.

Newspaper and cardboard are laid directly on the weeds to inhibit their growth.
Newspaper and cardboard are laid directly on the weeds to inhibit their growth.

After laying either layers of newspaper or a sheet of corrugated cardboard Charlie covers the paper with about 2 inches of mulch.

Charlie rakes mulch onto the paper.
Charlie rakes mulch onto the paper.

The paper keeps the weeds at bay and the mulch just looks really nice.

After the aisles are mulched I even saunter into the garden to pick a few vegetables.
After the aisles are mulched I even saunter into the garden to pick a few vegetables.

Mulching the paths between the cultivated squares is not simply cosmetic; it makes the chore of harvesting much easier.

I hope Charlie considers mulching the area in front of the garden fence, too.
I hope Charlie considers mulching the area in front of the garden fence, too.

The entrance to the potager has also become weedy this year. Maybe Charlie will notice how awful it looks against his beautifully manicured garden.

What’s your favorite free (or low cost) project?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

5 thoughts on “Tidying Up the Garden”

    1. It makes such a difference — I even went out and picked my own tomatoes. I rarely do that in July when the giant black flying grasshoppers take over. Jo

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